Editors Note: We have teamed up with local outdoor store Arlberg Sports with a monthly gear review of a piece of gear they sell in their store. First gear review is the Salomon Wildcross trail running shoe, read Rob’s break down of this all around outdoor shoe contender.
by Robert Arnold
Employee at Arlberg Sports in Wenatchee
As temperatures hit all time highs, sometimes my trusty old hiking boots can start to feel like overkill for day-hiking with a lightweight pack. Having a ton of heavy leather and extra rubber on my feet can sometimes be the least enjoyable part of getting out this time of year. Looking for a shoe that allowed me to feel secure but didn’t feel cumbersome, I tried out the Salomon Wildcross.
Although they are in the “trail-runner” category; the shoe feels well built for all day comfort and support, and the Contragrip lugged sole is like having mud tires for your feet. I feel solid whether on dusty Saddle Rock trails, rocky Alpine Lakes terrain, or when visiting muddy trails on the Westside.
This would definitely be a shoe I would consider for obstacle or mud racing as well. Although I was worried about the durability of a lightweight mesh shoe, I am finding that the welded toe-box is protecting my toes from most scuffs on rocks. The standard width toe box is plenty roomy for my wider fit and the winged Sensifit lacing system snugs up in a way that makes me feel stable on the trail. The Wildcross is also available in a Gore-tex version for $30 more if you’re looking for something waterproof. If you’re ready for a lighter weight nimble hiking shoe, stop by Arlberg Sports downtown and we’ll show you the Salomon Wildcross!
Looking for something with more ankle protection but still feels fast and light? Try the Salomon Cross-Hike Mid GTX
Looking for more of a daily sneaker that still offers grip on loose surfaces? Try the Brooks Cascadia 15